Martin Bogard, the chairperson of Technical Commission (TC) and Technical Director (TD) for Badminton recently had a virtual conference with several TDs to receive their reports on the venues they were assigned to check out. Their reports also included livestreamed shots of the venues.
Overall, Mr. Bogard was very pleased with the outcome of the TD’s reports. They were overall positive. The reports also included funding approvals by sponsors for some venues to be upgraded to international competition standards as well as accommodations for spectators.
Mr. Bogard was also excited to share the location where the Deaflympic Square will be. It is very huge and will easily accommodate command center facilities (accreditation, audiogram testing, media, etc.). Another big plus about the Square’s location is that the average travel time to reach the venues and back is only 15 – 20 minutes.
Furthermore, he said that on a hill not far from the square, the Deaflympic cauldron will be placed there. When it is lit, it will be easily viewed by over half a million people living at Caxias do Sul. It would certainly have the power to increase Deaflympics’ recognition!
Richard Ewald, the Chair of the CdS Organizing Committee and Gustavo Perazzano, the ICSD interim President were also present during the virtual conference with Mr. Bogard and the TDs. The TDs in attendance were (in alphabet order by sport): Dieter Norf – Athletics; Jurgen Endress – Basketball; John Knetzger – Beach Volleyball; Rainer Kuehn – Bowling; Paul Wood – Cycling; Gavin Balharrie – Golf; Damien Antoine – Judo; Bongkyu Jeong – Karate & Taekwondo; Olga Dula – Orienteering; Ingo Schweinsberg – Shooting; Reed Gershwind – Swimming; Horst-Peter Scheffel – Table Tennis; Tobias Burz – Tennis; Cathy Schelvis – Volleyball; Konstantin Dzougoutov – Wrestling.
More reporting about Caxias do Sul is forthcoming.